The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


December 29, 2013

Readers' Forum 12-29 | Honest driver fesses up to damage

JOHNSTOWN — While visiting my father in Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center on Dec 17, the front left fender of my 2011 pickup was damaged in a visitor’s parking lot.

The damage to my vehicle was relatively minor, and if not for the integrity of the other driver, I am sure it would have been April until I would have noticed it.

Thank you for doing the right thing and placing your insurance card contact information on my windshield.

Your display of honor and integrity are both refreshing and very much appreciated. Merry Christmas and God’s blessings to you.

Wayne Adams


Holiday concert was a blessing

I was fortunate enough to attend the “ ’Twas the Night Before Christmas Eve” holiday concert at Cochran Auditorium on Dec. 23. What a wonderful event.

The 21⁄2-hour concert featured four local groups. Kudos to Rachael & Bo with Friends, Whiskey River Panhandlers, Walt & Jackie and Dr. Henry Davis.

Many members of the bands were Greater Johnstown High School graduates.

The evening was an enjoyable change from the hustle and bustle of the run-up to the holiday. It was an excellent way to pass on greetings to neighbors and friends in a relaxed atmosphere.

I hope to see you again next year.

God bless you all.

Karen S. Stoykovich


What about freedom of speech, religion?

Is this America, the country formed so that everyone could worship his or her  own religion and speak what’s on his or her mind without fear or what?

Have you heard all the hoopla about Phil Robertson of “Duck Dynasty”? The poor man opened his mouth – freedom of speech – about his religious beliefs – freedom of religion. What did it get him? Suspended from a highly-rated TV show about his family – a family that is living the American dream through ingenuity and hard work.

One of my favorite parts of this show is Phil, with his family gathered at the table, saying a prayer.

God bless you, Phil. God bless America. We need it.

Patti Noble


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